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Cruises to Antarctica

10% discount until 14 May, 2016!

Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Plancius

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The 11-day Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Plancius cruise offers you a myriad of ways to explore and enjoy the Antarctic Region. This expedition allows you to hike, snowshoe, kayak, go mountaineering, and even camp out under the Southern Polar skies.

Cruise date:

8 Nov - 18 Nov, 2016

Price:

$7200 $6480 10% discount

10% discount until April 30!

Spectacular Ross Sea (incl. helicopters)

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Sail to the southern parts of the Antarctic Peninsula, Peter I Island, the Bellingshausen and Amundsen Seas into the Ross Sea. Visiting the Ross Ice-shelf, Dry Valleys, McMurdo Station, Campbell Island and the historic huts of Scott and Shackleton.

Cruise date:

15 Feb - 17 Mar, 2017

Price:

$25700 $23130 10% discount

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

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A 20-day cruise to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia & the Antarctic Peninsula. Visit some of the most beautiful arrays of wildlife on Earth. This journey will introduce you to at least 6 species of penguin and a whole lot of Antarctic fur seals!

Cruise date:

30 Oct - 18 Nov, 2016

Price:

$12150

Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Plancius

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The 12-day Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Plancius cruise offers you a myriad of ways to explore and enjoy the Antarctic Region. This expedition allows you to hike, snowshoe, kayak, go mountaineering, and even camp out under the Southern Polar skies.

Cruise date:

18 Nov - 29 Nov, 2016

Price:

$7950

Weddell Sea - In search of the Emperor Penguin incl. helicopters

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A true expedition, our Weddell Sea cruise sets out to explore the range of the Emperor Penguins near Snow Hill Island. We will visit the area via helicopter and see a variety of other birds and penguins including Adélies and Gentoos.

Cruise date:

27 Nov - 7 Dec, 2016

Price:

$11550

Antarctica cruise video

Antarctica story

Kayaking the Waters of Antarctica

The weather changes so dramatically down here that you simply cannot say, "this looks like a great day" if it is one - rather you must live in...

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Antarctica blog

Shackleton’s push to the South Pole

On February 11 1907, it was announced that Ernest Shackleton was preparing an Antarctic expedition that would leave later that year with the...

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Antarctica experiences

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Antarctica wildlife

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Map of Antarctica

Antarctica cruise reviews

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Manisha KOTECHA

A dream nurtured for 13 years finally came true and I visited Antarctica. The crew of the Plancius ensured that out expedition surpassed all expectations - from the briefings, information, help and totally commitment...

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Nicole Versteeg
Wonderful and very special
by Nicole Versteeg on Antarctica

What a great trip! Warm people, fantastic ship, beautiful animals, great weather, wonderful nature, very friendly crew/staff .... This was a very special experience. Plenty of time to do whatever you want, take...

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Valmar Kurol
Peter I island
by Valmar Kurol on Antarctica

A fantastic place to be on a clear day. One of the highlights of the Ross Sea trip, if the weather allows.

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Henning Junger
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by Henning Junger on Antarctica

Great Experience, unforgettble expeditions, Excellent Crew, very good meals, Plan to upload photos and review later Thanks to outstanding crew: marine, hotel, expeditions... Greetings Evelyn and Henning Junger...

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Ian Buckley
I agree!
by Ian Buckley on Antarctica

I agree with Daniel, same cabin! All about the trip was fantastic, including my travel-mates. Yes the crew/staff/guides/Doctor were first class, but the real bonus was the way people mixed and joined in. All...

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Li Wang

So excellent,had so many activists,u will enjoy them so much.but the weather that time someday not so good and the food normal compair to my friends' ships,but the prize is good. 很棒的旅程,包含了很多运动项目,但是我们去的时候天气不好有几天,但是还是很棒。船上食物没有其他船的好,但价钱体验性在那就算了。如果你是喜欢体验性而不是舒适性的游客推荐这个行程!

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Antarctica FAQ

Where is Antarctica?

Antarctica is the fifth largest of the seven continents. Antarctica has two large indentations which are the Ross Sea and the Weddell Sea. The nearest continent is South America. The total surface of Antarctica is 14.2 Million square kilometres (about...

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What is the time zone in Antarctica?

The time zone in Antarctica is the same as the time zone in New Zealand:  GMT + 12 hours. On regular Antarctic trips we operate in the same time zone as Ushuaia, Argentina: GMT – 3 hours. 

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Is it dangerous to visit Antarctica?

No, the remote location, frozen landscape, and unpredictable weather can make tourism operations in Antarctica tricky, but Oceanwide Expeditions has the right experience, knowledge, and expertise to stay safe in the Antarctic. 

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What is the climate at Antarctica?

Antarctica is the coldest and also the windiest continent in the world. The lowest temperature on Earth was recorded in Antarctica. There are three climatic regions in Antarctica: The interior of the continent: This is the extremely cold area of...

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What is the Antarctic landscape like?

Antarctica consists of two main areas. East Antarctica (Greater Antarctica) and West Antarctica (Antarctic Peninsula). More than 98% of Antarctica is covered with ice. The land is covered with ice and snow. Antarctica’s two parts are separated by...

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What kinds of plants and animals are there in Antarctica?

The vegetation at Antarctica is limited to around 350 species of mostly lichens, mosses, and algae. Various sea birds, seals, and penguins are often seen in Antarctica such as the Emperor Penguin, Adelie Penguin, Orcas, Humpback whales, Weddell Seals and...

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About Antarctica

Antarctic Weather

Our Antarctic cruises take you to the coldest location on Earth, but along the coasts (where you’ll be while on one of our Antarctic cruises) temperatures can reach as high as 10°C during a very hot summer day. Expect temperatures just above freezing on a regular day.


Don’t know what clothing to bring? Don’t worry, we’ll give you all the information you need to keep comfortable as you travel to the Antarctic. 

Facts About Antarctica

  • Antarctica is bigger than Europe.

  • Since Antarctica experiences so little precipitation it is technically considered a desert.

  • The name “Antarctica” comes from a Greek phrase that means “opposite to north”.

  • Almost 62% of the fresh water ice found across the entire Earth is found in Antarctica. If all that ice melted the world’s oceans would rise about 60 metres.

  • The coldest temperature ever recorded was at Vostok in the Antarctic on July 21, 1983. The thermometer dipped all the way down to -89.2°C. That is cold enough to shatter steel.

  • Despite the cold the biggest ever mass of living creatures was spotted in the Antarctic – a 10,000,000 tonne school of krill.

  • The first recorded and confirmed sighting of Antarctica was in 1820. It would take almost 100 years, until 1911, before a human being actually set foot on the continent.

Travel to Antarctica

An Antarctic cruise is an opportunity to visit an area of the Earth that has remained largely unchanged since the time when Aristotle first gave the world the idea of a Terra Australis.

Explorers get the chance to investigate one of the world’s densest concentrations of undisturbed animal life, visiting with the expert survivalists who make the continent their home – seals, whales, and all those penguins.

Our Antarctica cruises offer you an experience unlike any you’ve ever had before. You can investigate the wide variety of cruises to Antarctica on the dedicated Antarctica cruise page.